Study In UK - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in UK as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in UK as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in UK

Why study in UK

Cost of studying in UK

Universities in UK for international students

Cost of living in UK for international students

How to get a visa to study in UK

How to apply and study in UK

Tuition fees to study in UK

Applying to study in UK


All prospective students are required to write a ‘personal statement’ explaining their reasons for wanting to study their chosen subject. If you are applying to more than one institution, make sure not to mention any by name, as they will all receive the same personal statement. The UCAS website has a lot of tailored advice for writing personal statements, but as a rule-of-thumb, international students are encouraged to mention why they want to study in the UK rather than in their home country, how their studies will help them in the future, and describe their English language skills.

As well as completing the UCAS process, international students may need to send copies of their academic transcripts to their course provider. This is usually because UCAS can only send some results from awarding bodies (such as the International Baccalaureate) directly to your chosen course providers. For most other international qualifications, the universities will ask that the results are sent directly to them.

There are different application forms and deadlines depending on the type of course you’re applying for. The UCAS website is usually very clear on deadlines, and it’s important to make sure you don’t miss these, as some universities may not consider late applications.

Though UCAS processes the applications, decisions about admissions requirements are made by individual universities. So, if you have any questions that are not about the technicalities of application, you should direct them to the university concerned. Before applying, make sure you read up on the course requirements, tuition fee costs and course details, emailing the university if you need more information. Remember that requirements may vary depending on your country of residence.


Applying to universities in the UK 

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


UK tuition fees for international students.



The cost of studying in the UK actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in UK have different tuition fees.



UK tuition fees varies depending on your country of origin. EU students are charged the same as students from within the UK, while those from outside the EU pay higher tuition fees. The tuition fees at public universities in the UK  vary depending on the region which the university is situated.


In England, the tuition fees is always about US$11,330 per year, and in Wales about US$11,020. Scotland does not charge tuition fees at undergraduate level for domestic or EU students which is a good opportunity for people who want to study there.


 In Northern Ireland, Northern Irish students and those from EU countries pay about US$4,800 per year, while students from the other parts of the UK will pay up to $6,250.


International students from outside the EU will pay a very high tuition fees of about US$8,580 and US$42,900 per year depending on the course. At postgraduate level, there’s no set maximum amount, and for all students (UK/EU/international), tuition fees tend to be higher than at undergraduate level. Again, this varies depending on the degree and university.


Living costs in the UK for international students

You’ll need at least $16,000 a year to cover living costs in the UK US$14,720 and will need to budget more to live in London, where rent and other costs are considerably higher than in the rest of the cities in UK. If applying for a visa, you’ll need to meet the financial requirements set by the UK immigration or you might have issues getting a visa to study in the UK.

Cost of living in the UK according to expatistan



            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  £10

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   £5.50

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           £3.84

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   £0.82

            12 eggs, large   £2.72

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.04

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  £4.61

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    £1.85

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.87

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  £1.74

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  £8

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    £1.79

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     £0.86


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        £1,983

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            £1,406

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     £177

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        £1,196

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            £889

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      £130

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        £21

            40” flat screen TV        £330

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            £79

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         £6

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      £11


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     £65

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  £31

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         £72

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   £76


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  £18,483

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           £1.17

            Monthly ticket public transport  £109

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      £3.25

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  £8

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          £68

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £2.82

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      £1.66

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.50

            4 rolls of toilet paper     £1.72

            Tube of toothpaste        £1.60

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  £13


Visa to study in the UK

To study in UK as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting a UK visa.


What documents will be required?

You should have the following documents when coming to the United Kingdom as a visitor:

– a letter from your employer granting leave of absence from your job for a specified period. The letter should also say how long you have been employed by that employer, in what job(s) and should indicate when you are expected back at work;

– if you are self-employed, evidence of your business activities and financial standing;

– evidence of any property you own in your home country;

– if you are a student, a letter from your school or college stating which course you are on, its start and finish dates and the dates of the holiday period during which you intend to visit the United Kingdom;

– it will also help if you can show that you have family or social ties and responsibilities to return to;

– evidence of any firm travel plans you have made;

– bank statements going back over a period of several months; and

– evidence of savings available to you.

You should check before you travel to see if you need a visa. If you regularly visit the United Kingdom for business you can apply for a multiple-entry visa as a visitor that is valid for two, five or 10 years. For more information on visas contact your nearest embassy or consulate.

Time required to issue a visa:

Contact nearest Consulate for further information.

How do I apply?

You can apply in a number of ways, for example, by post, by courier, in person and online. Staff at the visa application centres will tell you about the ways in which you can apply.

Some visa sections will only accept applications made online. To find out if you can apply for your visa online please contact your nearest consulate.

If you cannot apply online you will need to fill in a visa application form. You can get a form, free of charge from the visa section of your nearest visa application centre.

You can apply for a visit visa or EEA family permit at any visa application centre overseas. If you are applying from within the EEA, you will need to show that you are living legally in an EEA member state. Living legally includes having a visit visa for the member state. For all other types of visa, you should apply in the country of which you are a national or where you legally live.

In some countries, if you are applying for a visa to stay in the UK for more than six months, you may need to be tested for active tuberculosis before we will accept your application. You can find out if you need to be tested by using our Do I need a visa? questionnaire on the homepage of this website, or by contacting your nearest visa application centre.

How long is the visa valid for?

Generally visit visas are valid for 6 months. But they can be issued for longer, for 1,2,5 or 10 years. However, those with longer term visas can still only stay in the UK for six months at any one time, other than Academic Visitors and parents of children at school as outlined above. Longer term visas are generally issued to frequent travellers.

Other information:

What will I need to make my application?

This will depend on which category you are applying for entry under. In all cases you will need to make your application online or fill in an application form. You will also need the following.

- Your passport or travel document.

– A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm), color photograph of yourself.

This should be:

– taken against a light colored background

– clear and of good quality, and not framed or backed

– printed on normal photographic paper, and

– full face and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless you wear this for cultural or religious reasons (but the face must not be covered).

– The visa fee. This cannot be refunded, and you must normally pay it in the local currency of the country where you are applying.

– Supporting documents relevant to your application.

What is 'biometric' information?

All UK visa applicants, save for those benefiting from a limited number of exemptions and exceptions, are required to provide biometric data (10-digit fingerscans and a digital photograph) as part of the application process.

You will have to go to your nearest visa application centre in person to provide your biometrics. In those countries where there is no visa application centre, you will need to go to the British mission.

Your visa application will not be processed until you have provided the necessary biometric information. The finger scans are electronic so staff do not need to use any ink, liquid or chemicals. You will have your digital photograph taken at the same time and the whole procedure should take no more than five minutes to complete. You should make sure that you do not have any decoration (such as henna), or any cuts or other markings on your fingertips before having your finger scans. You should also make sure that if you have any cuts and bruises on your face, they have healed or disappeared before you have your photograph taken. Digital photographs must be of your full face and you should not wear sunglasses, a hat or any other head covering (unless you wear it for cultural or religious reasons but the face must not be covered).

What will happen when I make my application?

The Entry Clearance Officer will try to make a decision using your application form and the supporting documents you have provided. If this is not possible, they will need to interview you.

Please check your visa when you get it. You should make sure that:

– your personal details are correct

– it correctly states the purpose for which you want to come to the UK, and

– it is valid for the date on which you want to travel. (You can ask for it to be post-dated for up to three months if you do not plan to travel immediately).

If you think there is anything wrong with your visa, contact the visa section immediately.


List and ranking of all universities in the UK

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in United Kingdom. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in United Kingdom and their ranking




Rank    University         Location

1          University of Oxford


2          University of Cambridge


3          University College London


4          The University of Edinburgh


5          Imperial College London


6          The London School of Economics and Political Science


7          University of Glasgow


8          The University of Manchester


9          University of Leeds


10        The University of Warwick


11        University of Southampton

Southampton ...

12        King's College London


13        The University of Nottingham

Nottingham ...

14        Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne

15        The University of York


16        University of Leicester


17        Durham University

Durham ...

18        University of Bath


19        Queen Mary University of London


20        University of Surrey


21        University of Sussex


22        Lancaster University


23        University of Kent

Canterbury ...

24        University of St Andrews

St Andrews

25        University of Exeter


26        University of Bristol


27        University of East Anglia


28        Queen's University Belfast


29        The University of Sheffield


30        University of Liverpool


31        University of Strathclyde


32        University of Reading


33        University of Aberdeen


34        Cardiff University


35        Loughborough University


36        City University London


37        University of Essex

Colchester ...

38        University of the Arts London

London ...

39        University of Dundee


40        University of Birmingham


41        Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh ...

42        Brunel University


43        Sheffield Hallam University


44        Birkbeck, University of London


45        De Montfort University

Leicester ...

46        Aberystwyth University


47        University of the West of England


48        Swansea University


49        University of Portsmouth


50        SOAS, University of London


51        Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester ...

52        University of Hertfordshire

Hatfield ...

53        Goldsmiths, University of London


54        Coventry University


55        Plymouth University


56        Bangor University


57        The University of Hull

Hull ...

58        Nottingham Trent University


59        University of Salford

Salford ...

60        University of Stirling

Stirling ...

61        Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham ...

62        University of Brighton


63        University of Greenwich

Greenwich ...

64        Cranfield University

Cranfield ...

65        University of Westminster


66        Keele University

Newcastle under Lyme

67        University of Central Lancashire

Preston ...

68        Kingston University

Kingston upon Thames

69        Middlesex University


70        Edinburgh Napier University


71        Royal College of Art


72        Birmingham City University


73        London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London


74        Oxford Brookes University


75        Aston University


76        University of Wolverhampton


77        Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge ...

78        London Business School


79        Bournemouth University

Poole ...

80        London Metropolitan University


81        University of East London

London ...

82        London South Bank University

London ...

83        Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne

84        University of Lincoln

Lincoln ...

85        Ulster University


86        University of Derby


87        University of South Wales

Pontypridd ...

88        Leeds Beckett University

Leeds ...

89        University of London


90        University of Sunderland


91        Robert Gordon University


92        Liverpool John Moores University


93        University of Huddersfield


94        Staffordshire University

Stoke-on-Trent ...

95        School of Advanced Study, University of London


96        Teesside University


97        University of Bedfordshire

Luton ...

98        Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury ...

99        University of the Highlands and Islands


100      Glasgow Caledonian University


101      The University of Northampton


102      University of Roehampton


103      Edge Hill University

Ormskirk ...

104      University of Bradford


105      Glasgow School of Art


106      University of Chester

Chester ...

107      Bath Spa University


108      Southampton Solent University


109      Royal Veterinary College University of London

London ...

110      University of the West of Scotland

Paisley ...

111       Falmouth University


112      University of Gloucestershire

Cheltenham ...

113      University of West London

Ealing ...

114      The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London


115      University of Bolton


116      Royal Academy of Music, University of London


117      The University of Winchester


118      St George's, University of London


119      Royal College of Music


120      Liverpool Hope University


121      University of Cumbria

Carlisle ...

122      Queen Margaret University

Edinburgh ...

123      Glyndwr University

Wrexham ...

124      University of Abertay Dundee


125      Buckinghamshire New University

High Wycombe

126      Cardiff Metropolitan University


127      Scotland's Rural College

Edinburgh ...

128      Regent's University London


129      University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Carmarthen ...

130      University of Chichester


131      York St John University


132      University for the Creative Arts

Canterbury ...

133      The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


134      The University of Buckingham


135      Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


136      University of Worcester


137      Harper Adams University


138      Arts University Bournemouth


139      University of Wales

Cardiff ...

140      Newman University


141      The University of Law

Guildford ...

142      University College Birmingham


143      Richmond, The American International University in London

London ...

144      University of St Mark and St John


145      Leeds Trinity University


146      Heythrop College, University of London


147      St Mary's University, Twickenham


148      Norwich University of the Arts


149      Leeds College of Art


150      Bishop Grosseteste University


151      Royal Agricultural University


152      Plymouth College of Art


153      European School of Economics

London ...

Un        BPP University



Courses you can study at universities in the UK

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in the UK

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of study abroad in UK or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

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